A Walking and Cycling Action Plan for Wales 2009 2013

 
A Walking and Cycling Action Plan for Wales
              2009 - 2013
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Ministerial Foreword
                     I am delighted to present our Walking and Cycling Action Plan for Wales,
                     which summarises the key steps planned to secure a walking and cycling
                     culture in Wales.

                     The benefits of walking and cycling more often, whether for routine trips to the
                     shops, to work or for simply for recreation, are clear. By walking and cycling more,
                     people’s health can be improved and by relying on our cars less, traffic congestion
is reduced and the greenhouse gas emissions causing climate change can be cut. In addition,
by encouraging sustainable access to the natural environment our rural economies are supported.

Delivery of the aims contained in this Plan will require the Welsh Assembly Government to work with
its partners in the private and voluntary sectors as well as in other parts of the public sector. One key
way of doing that is through the work of the Walking and Cycling Steering Group which I and the
Deputy First Minister, Ieuan Wyn Jones, jointly chair. The Steering Group will help us in monitoring
progress on the Plan and on the associated targets.

The challenge for us all now is to ensure that the Action Plan delivers the behavioural change needed
to reap the benefits mentioned above. Encouraging a change in people’s behaviour and enabling people
to travel more sustainably through improved infrastructure for walkers and cyclists are both main
themes of the Plan. I and the Deputy First Minister are very keen to encourage these modes of travel
as viable alternatives to the car, particularly for short journeys.

I very much hope that everyone will get behind the actions in this Plan and will play a part in their
delivery so together we can reap the benefits for Wales of healthier, more sustainable travel.

Jane Davidson AM
Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing

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Contents
1. Overview - The Role of this Action Plan
2. Mission Statement & Objectives
3. The Action Plan:
    A.   Changing Behaviour
    B.   Sustainable Travel Encouraged via Better Walking and Cycling Infrastructure
    C.   Policy Objectives
    D.   Evaluation

4. Walking and Cycling Targets

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1. Overview

The Role of this Action Plan
This Action Plan brings together all the key initiatives which the Welsh Assembly Government and its key
partners are undertaking or planning to undertake in support of walking and cycling in Wales. A key aim
of the Plan is to help secure a change in behaviour - so that more people, young and old, walk and cycle
more often. As the statistics at the end of the Plan reveal, current participation rates are low; and the
Action Plan aims to change that.

Benefits of walking and cycling
Currently only 29% of adults in Wales meet the physical activity guideline of 5 times 30 minutes of
exercise per week. And only 21% of young people aged 11, 13 and 15 meet the recommended guideline
of 60 minutes of exercise every day. It’s perhaps not surprising that surveys show that 57% of adults
in Wales are either overweight or obese.

Physical activity can reduce the risk of heart disease problems, stroke and type 2 diabetes. It can also
have a positive impact on general health and psychological well-being.

More walking and cycling - and consequently less dependence on the car - is also good for our
environment. One of the main contributing factors to climate change is our heavy reliance on the car,
even for short journeys. Research shows that nearly half of all car trips could be replaced by walking,
cycling or public transport. As CO2 emissions from cars represent 13% of the UK total, making more
trips on foot or by cycling can help in making the lifestyle changes needed to combat climate change.

Key Themes of the Action Plan
Getting more people walking and cycling - and securing the benefits outlined above - requires
Behavioural Change. This is the first main theme of this Action Plan, underlining its importance.
Achieving this though is also dependent on enabling people to travel more sustainably through the
provision of safe and appropriate walking and cycling infrastructure. This is the second theme covered
in the Action Plan. Delivery of the 30 aims of the Plan will be assisted if the supporting policies and
programmes are appropriately joined up and co-ordinated and this activity is covered in the third theme
of the Action Plan: Policy Objectives.

The fourth and final part of the Plan focuses on Monitoring and Evaluation. We clearly need
to monitor the impact of the actions in this Plan, to check that they are having the right effect in
terms of encouraging more people to walk and cycle more often and more safely. The Assembly
Government will monitor progress made against the aims and key targets set out in the Plan, and will
report on progress annually.

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Walking and Cycling Steering Group
To help ensure a co-ordinated approach, the Assembly Government has established a Walking and
Cycling Steering Group which is jointly chaired by the Deputy First Minister and the Minister for
Environment, Sustainability and Housing. The Group has overseen the preparation of this Plan and
includes representatives from the main interests involved in the walking and cycling agenda in Wales.
As part of its work the Steering Group will receive regular reports on progress against this Plan and will
also help to keep its content under review.

Relevant key Assembly Government strategies
This Action Plan will assist in the delivery of objectives and actions within a number of
Assembly Government strategies, the main ones being:

One Wales - the Plan will assist in the delivery of the One Wales commitment to support greater
participation in walking and cycling.

Wales Transport Strategy (Connecting the Nation) - two of the strategy’s key objectives are
to promote more sustainable travel options and to make walking and cycling the public’s first choice
for shorter journeys.

Climate Change - the Wales Climate Change Strategy will be developed for consultation in 2009. It
will set targets for reductions in emissions and will highlight the contribution which everyone can make
to combating climate change through sustainable travel.

Physical Activity Action Plan - this will form part of the Assembly Government’s new agenda for action
on Physical Activity (to be published in Spring 2009).

Environment Strategy and new Sustainable Development Scheme
This Action Plan supports the Environment Strategy and Sustainable Development Scheme aims
of encouraging the people of Wales to live more sustainably.

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2. Mission Statement & Objectives

To encourage more people to walk and cycle more safely
and more often
The Welsh Assembly core objectives here are to:
   • Improve the health and well-being of the population through increased physical activity
   • Improve the local environment for walkers and cyclists
   • Encourage sustainable travel as a practical step in combating climate change
   • Increase levels of walking and cycling through promotion of facilities
   • Ensure that walking and cycling are prioritised in crosscutting policies, guidance and funding

The Plan contains a range of actions aimed to deliver these objectives and are grouped under the
following four themes:
A. Changing Behaviour - Walking and cycling to make an increasing contribution towards climate
   change targets and raising levels of physical activity.
B. Sustainable Travel encouraged via better Walking and Cycling Infrastructure - To create safe,
   attractive and convenient infrastructure for pedestrian and cycle travel.
C. Policy Objectives - Ensure that walking and cycling are included in cross-cutting policies,
   guidance and funding.
D. Evaluation - To enable the Welsh Assembly Government and delivery partners to track progress
   in delivering the actions of this Plan and intended outcomes.

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    3. The Action Plan

                                                                                                                          Responsibility for
                   Aims                        Actions                                               Outcomes
                                                                                                                        delivery / key partners

                                                                                  2011 - 13

                                                                      2009 - 11
     A    Changing Behaviour
          Aim: Walking and cycling to make an increasing contribution towards climate change targets and raising levels of physical activity
      1   Increase the numbers       a) Encourage employers to                              • Improve access        Welsh Assembly
          of adults walking and         increase the number of                                  to employment
          cycling to work and                                                                   opportunities.        Government
                                        staff travelling to work                                                      Local Authorities
          for other everyday            in a sustainable way,                                 • More people walking
          purposes.                                                                                                   Regional Transport
                                        for example through                                     and cycling, more
                                                                                                safely, more often.   Consortia
                                        participation in the                                                          Local Health Boards
                                        tax free bike purchase                                                        Local Champions
                                        scheme.                                                                       Sports Council for Wales
                                     b) Key public sector bodies in    •          •
                                                                                                                      Assembly Government
                                        Wales to demonstrate best                                                      Sponsored Bodies
                                        practice in encouraging
                                        more employees to                                                             Walking and Cycling Groups
                                        walk and cycle to work,
                                        for example through
                                        take-up of the Corporate
                                        Health Standard
                                        or through the provision
                                        and promotion of travel
                                        expenses schemes
                                        incorporating cycling.
Responsibility for
                 Aims                        Actions                                                Outcomes
                                                                                                                          delivery / key partners

                                                                                 2011 - 13

                                                                     2009 - 11
    A   Changing Behaviour
        Aim: Walking and cycling to make an increasing contribution towards climate change targets and raising levels of physical activity
    2   Increase the numbers      a) Encourage schools to                       •           • More journeys to school Local Authorities
        of children walking and      adopt travel plans which                                  to be made on foot and Welsh Assembly
        cycling to school and for    include ‘walking bus’                                     by cycle.
        other purposes.              schemes and provision of                                                          Government
                                     secure cycle parking.                                                             Sustrans
                                  b) Pilot 2 Sustrans ‘Bike It’                                                       Walking and Cycling Groups
                                     projects in Wales.                                                                Parent Teacher
                                  c) Ensure that Safe Routes to                                                        Associations/
                                     Communities continues to                                                           Governing Bodies
                                     deliver real improvements,
                                     and encourage local
                                     authorities to identify new
                                     projects in areas where
                                     take up may have been
                                     low in the past.
                                                                     •
                                  d) Support the continued
                                     development of the
                                     Healthy Schools and
                                     Eco Schools Networks.

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                                                                                                                               Responsibility for
                   Aims                        Actions                                               Outcomes
                                                                                                                             delivery / key partners

                                                                     2009 - 11
                                                                                 2011 - 13
     A   Changing Behaviour
         Aim: Walking and cycling to make an increasing contribution towards climate change targets and raising levels of physical activity
     3   Introduction of the        a) Build the capacity within                            • Over 100 new                CTC Charitable Trust
         National Standards for        Wales for delivery of cycle                             instructors to be trained   Welsh Assembly
         cycle training in Wales.      training to the National                                and up to four new
                                       Standard by supporting                                  cycle training providers    Government
                                       the training of new                                     to be established in        Sport Council for Wales
                                       instructors.                                            Wales by 2010/11.           Local Authorities
                                    b) National Standard cycle                                                           Regional Transport
                                       training to be widely                                                               Consortia
                                       supported by
                                       Welsh local authorities.
     4   Promote the wide range     a) Develop a national                                   • More people walking         Welsh Assembly
         of benefits that can          publicity campaign to                                   and cycling, more
                                       promote walking and                                                                 Government
         be achieved through                                                                   safely, more often.         Walking and Cycling Groups
         walking and cycling.          cycling based on health
                                       and environmental                                                                   WLGA
                                       benefits, building on                                                               Local Authorities
                                       existing events/festivals.                                                          Regional Transport
                                    b) Aim for local authority        •          
                                                                                                                           Consortia
                                       plans, policies and                                                                 National Public Health
                                       activities to be integrated
                                                                                                                           Service
                                       to deliver improved                                                                 Countryside Council
                                       promotion of walking                                                                 for Wales
                                       and cycling.
Responsibility for
                   Aims                         Actions                                              Outcomes
                                                                                                                        delivery / key partners

                                                                      2009 - 11
                                                                                  2011 - 13
     A   Changing Behaviour
         Aim: Walking and cycling to make an increasing contribution towards climate change targets and raising levels of physical activity
     5   Encourage walking          a) Increase walking and                                 • More people walking   Welsh Assembly
         and cycling through           cycling through an                                       and cycling, more
                                       effective programme of                                                         Government
         effective travel planning.                                                             safely, more often.   Public Sector Employers
                                       travel planning projects.
                                                                                                                      Walking and Cycling Groups
                                    b) Promote Smarter Choices        
                                       guidance to assist in the                                                      Regional Transport
                                       production of school and                                                       Consortia
                                       employer travel plans.                                                         Local Authorities
                                    c) Promote BSI PAS 500            
                                       standard for travel plans.
     6   Support and encourage       a) Champion local and                       •           • More people walking   Welsh Assembly
         local and national             national initiatives like                               and cycling, more
                                        Bike Week and Walk to                                                         Government
         initiatives that aim to                                                                safely, more often.   Local Authorities
         increase participation in      School Week.
                                                                                                                      Walking and Cycling Groups
         walking and cycling.        b) Investigate introduction      •
                                        into Wales of the Living
                                        Street Walk to School
                                        programme.

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                                                                                                                         Responsibility for
                   Aims                        Actions                                              Outcomes
                                                                                                                       delivery / key partners

                                                                     2009 - 11
                                                                                 2011 - 13
     A   Changing Behaviour
         Aim: Walking and cycling to make an increasing contribution towards climate change targets and raising levels of physical activity
     7   To encourage walking       a) Encourage sustainable                               • More people walking   Local Health Boards
         and cycling as a means        Exercise Referral Schemes                               and cycling, more     Local Authorities
         of tackling health            and community walking                                   safely, more often.   Sports Council for Wales
         problems associated           projects.
                                                                                                                     Countryside Council
         with physical inactivity   b) Target hard to reach                                                         for Wales
         or sedentary lifestyles.      groups, building on the                                                       Walking and Cycling Groups
                                       success of the Let’s Walk                                                     Green Exercise Partnership
                                       Cymru programme.                                                               (Sustrans, BTCV,
                                                                                                                      Groundwork)
     8   To increase walking and    a) Ensure that sustainable        •           •          • More people walking   Sustrans
         cycling for travel to         and active travel is                                    and cycling, more     National Public Health
         hospitals in Wales.           encouraged at hospitals                                 safely, more often.
                                       throughout Wales and                                                          Service
                                       promote the adoption                                                          Local Health Boards
                                       of the NHS Travel Plan                                                        Welsh Assembly
                                       Toolkit.                                                                      Government
Responsibility for
                  Aims                         Actions                                              Outcomes
                                                                                                                           delivery / key partners

                                                                     2009 - 11
                                                                                 2011 - 13
     A   Changing Behaviour
         Aim: Walking and cycling to make an increasing contribution towards climate change targets and raising levels of physical activity
     9   To maximize the            a) Update the Walking and                               • Increased contribution    Welsh Assembly
         contribution that             Cycling Tourism Strategies                              to the Welsh economy
                                                                                                                         Government
         walking and cycling           for Wales.                                              from walking and          (Visit Wales & DE&T)
         can make to increasing     b) Utilise EU Convergence                                cycling.                  Forestry Commission
         tourism.                      Funding to improve the                                • Increased public          Local Authorities
                                       quality of the cycling and                              recognition of Wales as   Walking and Cycling Groups
                                       walking tourism product.                                leading destination for   Private Sector Partners
                                    c) Maintain and develop                                  walking and cycling.
                                       Wales’s competitive
                                       advantage as a world
                                       class mountain biking
                                       destination.
                                    d) Ensure that promotion          •          •
                                       of the National Cycle
                                       Network incorporates
                                       links to cycle friendly
                                       accommodation providers.

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                                                                                                                                Responsibility for
                   Aims                         Actions                                               Outcomes
                                                                                                                              delivery / key partners

                                                                      2009 - 11
                                                                                  2011 - 13
     A    Changing Behaviour
          Aim: Walking and cycling to make an increasing contribution towards climate change targets and raising levels of physical activity
     10   To make Wales a premier a) Updated Cycle Tourism                                   • High profile events         Welsh Assembly
          destination for walking    Strategy to consider                                       attracted to Wales
                                                                                                                            Government
          and cycling events.        events as a key means of                                   which significantly raise   (Major Events Unit)
                                     increasing cycle tourism.                                  the profile of walking      Visit Wales
                                     b) Encourage high standards                              and cycling.                Local Authorities
                                        in new and existing                                   • Mass participation          Regional Tourism
                                        walking and cycling                                     walking and cycling            artnerships
                                                                                                                            P
                                        events in Wales.                                        events become well          Forestry Commission
                                                                                                established throughout      Walking and Cycling Groups
                                                                                                Wales, encouraging
                                                                                                new and returning
                                                                                                participants.
     11   Cycling and walking        a) Identify and support                                • More people walking         Welsh Cycling
          for sport and                 talent across all cycling                               and cycling, more           Sports Council for Wales
          active recreation is          disciplines.                                            safely, more often          Local Authorities
          promoted particularly      b) Ensure that the legacy         •          •           • Support Welsh medal         Welsh Assembly
          amongst children and          benefits from London                                    targets set out in
          young people.                                                                                                     Government
                                        2012 are maximised                                      ‘Climbing Higher’.          Walking and Cycling Groups
                                        for walking and cycling
                                        in Wales.
Responsibility for
                   Aims                        Actions                                               Outcomes
                                                                                                                       delivery / key partners

                                                                      2009 - 11
                                                                                  2011 - 13
     A    Changing Behaviour
          Aim: Walking and cycling to make an increasing contribution towards climate change targets and raising levels of physical activity
     12   Showcase and share         a) Develop a cycling                                    • Raised profile of     Walking and Cycling
          best practice in              infrastructure                                          walking and cycling
                                                                                                                      Groups
                                                                                                                      Local Authorities
          delivery and promotion        benchmarking programme                                  issues and improved
          of walking and                in Wales.                                               partnership working   Regional Transport
          cycling routes.            b) Share the outcomes of          •                        between key
                                                                                                                      Consortia
                                        the Ramblers Cymru                                      stakeholders.         Welsh Assembly
                                        Community of Foot                                                             Government
                                        pilot project.                                                                Ramblers Cymru

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                                                                                                                           Responsibility for
                   Aims                         Actions                                               Outcomes
                                                                                                                         delivery / key partners

                                                                       2009 - 11
                                                                                   2011 - 13
     B    Sustainable Travel encouraged via better Walking and Cycling Infrastructure
          Aim: To create safe, attractive and convenient infrastructure for pedestrian and cycle travel
     13   Increase walking and       a) Safe Routes to                                       • More people walking   Welsh Assembly
          cycling trips made in         Communities to                                           and cycling, more
                                                                                                                       Government
          conjunction with public       contribute towards                                       safely, more often.   Regional Transport
          transport usage.              increasing safe walking                                • Raised profile of     Consortia
                                        and cycling routes to                                    walking and cycling   Local Authorities
                                        and high quality facilities                              issues and improved   Public Transport Operators
                                        at public transport                                      partnership working   Sustrans
                                        interchanges.                                            between key           Ramblers Cymru
                                     b) Prioritise walking and                                 stakeholders.
                                        cycling in public transport
                                        investment decisions.
                                     c) To implement a                             •
                                        programme of
                                        Sustainable Travel
                                        Towns to demonstrate
                                        and promote the benefits
                                        of sustainable travel
                                        throughout Wales.
                                     d) Investigate ways of             •
                                        integrating walking
                                        with railway journeys,
                                        building on the success of
                                        Cambrian Trailways and
                                        Rail Rambles Projects.
Responsibility for
                   Aims                         Actions                                                Outcomes
                                                                                                                              delivery / key partners

                                                                       2009 - 11
                                                                                   2011 - 13
     B    Sustainable Travel encouraged via better Walking and Cycling Infrastructure
          Aim: To create safe, attractive and convenient infrastructure for pedestrian and cycle travel
     14   To maximize the            a) WAG, Regional Transport                              • Increase in the carrying   Welsh Assembly
          opportunities for cycle       Consortia and local                                      capacity for cycles on
                                                                                                                            Government
          carriage on public            authorities to engage with                               buses, coaches and         Regional Transport
          transport.                    public transport operators                               trains.
                                                                                                                            Consortia
                                        to improve the provision                               • Increased carriage of      Local Authorities
                                        for cycles on new and                                    cycles on peak time        Public Transport Operators
                                        existing trains, buses and                               services where feasible.   Walking and Cycling Groups
                                        long-distance coaches
                                        and associated promotion
                                        of new services.
                                     b) Encourage secure cycle          •           •
                                        parking at public transport
                                        interchanges and ensure
                                        new interchanges include
                                        appropriate facilities.

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                                                                                                                           Responsibility for
                   Aims                         Actions                                                Outcomes
                                                                                                                         delivery / key partners

                                                                        2009 - 11
                                                                                    2011 - 13
     B    Sustainable Travel encouraged via better Walking and Cycling Infrastructure
          Aim: To create safe, attractive and convenient infrastructure for pedestrian and cycle travel
     15   Increase the numbers       a) Trunk Road Improvement                                • More people walking   Local Authorities
          of people walking             funding to provide                                        and cycling, more     Welsh Assembly
          and cycling by taking         walking and cycling                                       safely, more often.
                                                                                                                        Government
          measures to protect           facilities on trunk roads                                                       Trunk Road Agencies
          vulnerable road users.        and associated junctions                                                        Regional Transport
                                        where it is safe and
                                        appropriate to do so.                                                           Consortia

                                     b) Increased provision of                     
                                        safe traffic free walking
                                        and cycling routes to
                                        workplaces and key
                                        destinations within
                                        communities, for example
                                        via Safe Routes in
                                        Communities funding.
                                     c) Encourage local                 •           •
                                        authorities to develop
                                        more 20mph zones where
                                        appropriate.
Responsibility for
                    Aims                          Actions                                               Outcomes
                                                                                                                               delivery / key partners

                                                                        2009 - 11
                                                                                    2011 - 13
     B    Sustainable Travel encouraged via better Walking and Cycling Infrastructure
          Aim: To create safe, attractive and convenient infrastructure for pedestrian and cycle travel
     16   To provide high quality      a) All Local Authorities                               • Better quality,            Local Authorities
          cycle parking and               to adopt standards for                                  accessible provision of    Regional Transport
          storage facilities for use      secure cycle parking                                    walking and cycling
                                                                                                                             Consortia
          by cyclists and walkers.        provision that follows best                             facilities at workplaces   Assembly Government
                                          practice (for example in                                and other key               Sponsored Bodies
                                          local design and planning                               destinations.              Walking and Cycling Groups
                                          guidance).                               
                                       b) Key public sector bodies
                                          to encourage more
                                          employees to walk and
                                          cycle to work, for example
                                          through provision of
                                          changing facilities.
     17   Walking and cycle            a) Encourage and support                    •           • Provision and              Local Authorities
          routes and trails to            adoption of cycle route                                 maintenance of clear       Welsh Assembly
          be adequately and               maintenance by local                                    route/destination
                                                                                                                             Government
          suitably signed.                authorities.                                            signage.                   Sustrans
                                       b) Implementation of related                                                         Forestry Commission
                                          actions within Rights of                                                           Countryside Council
                                          Way Improvement Plans.                                                              for Wales
                                       c) Encourage provision of        •
                                          artwork and interpretation

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                                          along cycle routes.
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                                                                                                                              Responsibility for
                   Aims                         Actions                                                Outcomes
                                                                                                                            delivery / key partners

                                                                        2009 - 11
                                                                                    2011 - 13
     B    Sustainable Travel encouraged via better Walking and Cycling Infrastructure
          Aim: To create safe, attractive and convenient infrastructure for pedestrian and cycle travel
     18   Continue development       a) Support the Sustrans                       •           • Increased length and    Local Authorities
          and maintenance of            Connect2 Project.                                         usage of the National   Sustrans
          National and Local         b) Ensure that Local and                                    Cycle Network.          Welsh Assembly
          Cycle Networks in Wales       National Cycle Networks                                 • Successful completion
                                                                                                                          Government
          though partnership            are properly maintained,                                  of Connect2 projects.   Regional Transport
          with local authorities,       including routine work on
                                                                                                                          Consortia
          Sustrans, and the             surface repair and clearing                                                       British Waterways
          Regional Transport            of vegetation.                                                                    Countryside Council
          Consortia.                 c) Target the completion                                                             for Wales
                                        of interim or temporary
                                        sections of the NCN.
                                     d) To develop potential for         •
                                        traffic free provision
                                        for walkers and cyclists
                                        along canal towpaths,
                                        for example through
                                        ‘Splash’ Funding.
Responsibility for
                    Aims                        Actions                                                 Outcomes
                                                                                                                               delivery / key partners

                                                                        2009 - 11
                                                                                    2011 - 13
     B    Sustainable Travel encouraged via better Walking and Cycling Infrastructure
          Aim: To create safe, attractive and convenient infrastructure for pedestrian and cycle travel
     19   Increase the extent and a) Rights of Way                                             • More people walking        Local Authorities
          usability of the Rights of Improvement Plans to be                                      and cycling more safely,   Welsh Assembly
          Way network available      significantly progressed by                                  more often.
                                                                                                                             Government
          to walkers, cyclists and   local authorities by 2011,                                                              Countryside Council
          disabled people.           taking account of the                                                                    for Wales
                                     needs of walkers, cyclists,                                                             Disability Groups
                                     and disabled people.                                                                    Walking and Cycling Groups
     20   Encourage use of            a) Ensure that strategic                                • Increased contribution     National Park Authorities
          National Parks, forestry,      development,                                             to Welsh economy from      Forestry Commission
          countryside and coast          maintenance and                                          walking and cycling.       Local Authorities
          for walking and cycling.       promotion of walking                                                                Countryside Council
                                         and mountain bike trails,                                                            for Wales
                                         including privately owned                                                           Walking and Cycling Groups
                                         trails, is supported.
                                                                                                                             Welsh Assembly
                                      b) An all-Wales Coast Path         •          •
                                                                                                                             Government
                                         - including provision for                                                           (Visit Wales)
                                         cyclists at appropriate
                                         locations - to be
                                         completed in time for the
                                         2012 Olympics.

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                                                                                                                                  Responsibility for
                    Aims                          Actions                                               Outcomes
                                                                                                                                delivery / key partners

                                                                        2009 - 11
                                                                                    2011 - 13
     B    Sustainable Travel encouraged via better Walking and Cycling Infrastructure
          Aim: To create safe, attractive and convenient infrastructure for pedestrian and cycle travel
     21   To ensure high               a) Encourage highways                                  • Better walking and          Welsh Assembly
          standards of technical          engineers and planners                                  cycling infrastructure
                                                                                                                              Government
          excellence in                   to implement design and                                 that meets the needs of     Local Authorities
          infrastructure provision        technical guidance for                                  all users including those   Walking and Cycling Groups
          (roads, streets, footways,      cycling infrastructure.                                 of disabled people.         Disability groups
          trails, canals, public       b) To encourage good                        
          spaces, workplaces) for         on-road provision for
          walking and cycling and         cyclists and extend
          to improve access for           traffic free walking and
          disabled people.                cycling provision where
                                          appropriate for cyclists,
                                          walkers and other users
                                          including those with
                                          mobility difficulties.
                                       c) New transport, land use        •          •
                                          and planning decisions
                                          to be assessed to ensure
                                          good access for walkers
                                          and cyclists.
Responsibility for
                   Aims                         Actions                                                 Outcomes
                                                                                                                                delivery / key partners

                                                                        2009 - 11
                                                                                    2011 - 13
     C    Policy Objectives
          Aim: Ensure that walking and cycling are included as priorities in cross-cutting policies, guidance and funding
     22   Promotion of walking       a) National Transport Plan                                • Increased priority          Welsh Assembly
          and cycling as                and Regional Travel Plans                                 given to development
                                                                                                                              Government
          sustainable transport         to reflect commitments                                    and promotion of            Regional Transport
          modes through the             in the Wales Transport                                    walking and cycling
                                                                                                                              Consortia
          development and               Strategy to encourage                                     across strategic            Local Authorities
          implementation of             walking and cycling                                       documents; regional         National Public Health
          relevant cross-cutting        as practical transport                                    and local level plans for
                                                                                                                              Service
          policies in line with         solutions.                                                transport, health, sport,
          the Wales Transport        b) Welsh Assembly                                           countryside access and
          Strategy.                     Government to                                             tourism.
                                        ensure synergy across                                   • More people walking
                                        departmental plans to                                     and cycling, more
                                        maximize contribution                                     safely, more often.
                                        towards promoting
                                        walking and cycling,
                                        for example across the
                                        health promotion, sport
                                        and physical activity
                                        agendas.                       •            •
                                     c) Ensure that local planning
                                        authorities secure
                                        maximum provision for

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                                        walking and cycling in
                                        new developments.
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                                                                                                                          Responsibility for
                   Aims                         Actions                                               Outcomes
                                                                                                                        delivery / key partners

                                                                       2009 - 11
                                                                                   2011 - 13
     C    Policy Objectives
          Aim: Ensure that walking and cycling are included as priorities in cross-cutting policies, guidance and funding
     23   Promote the Assembly       a) Ensure that delivery                                 • More people walking   Welsh Assembly
          Government’s Social           of this Action Plan                                      and cycling, more
                                                                                                                       Government
          Inclusion objectives          contributes toward                                       safely, more often.
          in taking forward this        promotion of social
          Action Plan.                  inclusion in Wales.
     24   Contribute towards         a) Ensure synergy between          •           •          • Emission reductions   Welsh Assembly
          achievement of the            interventions on walking                                 as a result of more
          Assembly Government’s         and cycling and climate                                  sustainable travel    Government
          commitments to                change measures that                                     options.
          combating climate             are consistent with the
          change.                       Wales Transport Strategy
                                        emphasis on more
                                        sustainable and healthy
                                        modes travel.
Responsibility for
                   Aims                         Actions                                               Outcomes
                                                                                                                          delivery / key partners

                                                                       2009 - 11
                                                                                   2011 - 13
     C    Policy Objectives
          Aim: Ensure that walking and cycling are included as priorities in cross-cutting policies, guidance and funding
     25   To ensure local            a) Local authorities to                                 • More people walking    Local Authorities
          authorities are               ensure that provision for                                and cycling, more      Local Health Boards
          committed to the              walking and cycling is                                   safely, more often.
                                                                                                                        WLGA
          objectives of the             given a high priority in
          Walking and Cycling           transport, planning and                                                         Regional Transport
          Action Plan.                  other strategies to ensure                                                      Consortia
                                        consistency with the                                                            Community Councils
                                        Wales Transport Strategy
                                        and this Action Plan.
     26   To protect and enhance     a) Issue TAN 16 to Local                                 • Open green spaces      Welsh Assembly
          open green spaces,            Authorities to ensure                                    and access corridors
          and access to them for        the safeguarding of                                      protected and          Government
                                                                                                                        Local Authorities
          walkers and cyclists.         open spaces and access                                   enhanced.
                                                                                                                        Countryside Council
                                        corridors for future
                                                                                                                         for Wales
                                        non-motorised access and
                                                                                                                        Forestry Commission
                                        make provision for their
                                        enhancement.
                                     b) To safeguard disused            •           •
                                        railway lines in both
                                        urban and rural areas
                                        as potential sustainable
                                        travel routes.

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                                                                                                                                Responsibility for
                    Aims                        Actions                                                Outcomes
                                                                                                                              delivery / key partners

                                                                       2009 - 11
                                                                                   2011 - 13
     C    Policy Objectives
          Aim: Ensure that walking and cycling are included as priorities in cross-cutting policies, guidance and funding
     27   Provide sufficient         a) Allocate appropriate levels               •           • More people walking         Welsh Assembly
          funding to deliver this       of capital and revenue                                   and cycling, more
          Walking and Cycling           funding from both Welsh                                  safely, more often.         Government
                                                                                                                             Key partners
          Action Plan.                  Assembly Government
                                        and partners’ budgets.
     28   Ensure integration         a) Ensure that action to           •                      • Significant contribution    Welsh Assembly
          with the Environment          increase participation                                   towards the delivery
          Strategy Action Plan          in walking and cycling                                   of outcome 30 -             Government
          2008-11.                      contributes to the                                       ‘The number of people
                                        delivery of Actions 9 and                                choosing to walk or
                                        11 of the Environment                                    cycle as a means of
                                        Strategy Action Plan                                     transport is increasing’.
                                        2008-11 (‘Introduce
                                        targets to increase levels
                                        of walking and cycling’
                                        and ‘Development
                                        of the Coastal
                                        Access Improvement
                                        Programme’).
Responsibility for
                   Aims                        Actions                                                 Outcomes
                                                                                                                             delivery / key partners

                                                                       2009 - 11
                                                                                   2011 - 13
     D    Monitoring & Evaluation
          Aim: To enable the Welsh Assembly Government and delivery partners to track progress in delivering the actions of this Plan, and
          intended outcomes.
     29   Monitor progress made     a) Undertake regular                                     • A robust evidence base    Welsh Assembly
          against the actions          evaluation of progress                                    established in order to
          contained in this Plan.      against the actions                                       measure progress and      Government
                                                                                                                           Walking and Cycling Groups
                                       contained in this Plan.                                   inform future targets.
                                                                                                                           Sports Council for Wales.
                                    b) Ensure that pilot projects     
                                                                                                                           Countryside Council
                                       are properly evaluated                                                               for Wales
                                       in order to inform
                                       future policy.
                                    c) Ensure that monitoring         •            •
                                       of this Plan is consistent
                                       with the monitoring
                                       of the Welsh Assembly
                                       Government Physical
                                       Activity Action Plan and
                                       Wales Transport Strategy.

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                                                                                                                              Responsibility for
                   Aims                         Actions                                               Outcomes
                                                                                                                            delivery / key partners

                                                                      2009 - 11
                                                                                  2011 - 13
     D    Monitoring & Evaluation
          Aim: To enable the Welsh Assembly Government and delivery partners to track progress in delivering the actions of this Plan, and
          intended outcomes.
     30   Identify sources of        a) Identify additional sources                          • A robust evidence base    Welsh Assembly
          information that assist       of information that                                     established in order to
          in monitoring progress        can accurately measure                                  measure progress and      Government
                                                                                                                          Regional Transport
          against targets and to        participation in walking                                inform future targets.
          inform future target          and cycling.                                                                      Consortia
                                                                                                                          Walking and Cycling Groups
          setting.                   b) Identify a suitable            •
                                        means of evaluating
                                        the economic impact of
                                        walking and cycling.
4. Walking and Cycling Targets

Travel to School
a) Walking
Target - Increase the percentage of children who walk to school to match the UK National Average
Indicator - Percentage of children in Wales aged 5 to 16 whose main mode of travel to school is walking
Source - National Travel Survey (NTS), Department for Transport
Baseline - Wales 39%; UK 46% (2005/06)

b) Cycling
Target - To triple the percentage of children cycling to school in Wales
Indicator - Percentage of children who cycle to school in Wales
Source - Sport Council for Wales Children and Young People Survey
Baseline - Ages 7-11: 2%; Ages 11-16: 1%. (2006)

Adult participation: Non-recreational journeys
c) Walking
Target - Increase number of people who walk to work to 20%
Indicator - Percentage of adults in Wales whose main mode of travel to work is walking
Source - Labour Force Survey, Office of National Statistics
Baseline - 10.3% (2007)

d) Cycling
Target - To triple the percentage of adults whose main mode of travel to work is cycling
Indicator - Percentage of adults in Wales whose main mode of travel to work is cycling
Source - Labour Force Survey, Office of National Statistics
Baseline - 1.4% (2007)

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Adult participation: Recreation
e) Walking
Target - Increase number of people undertaking walking for recreation to 50%
Indicator - Percentage of adults in Wales to walk over 2 miles in the past 4 weeks
Source - SCW Adult Sports Participation Survey
Baseline - 40% (2004/05)

f) Cycling
Target - To double to percentage of adults cycling for recreation
Indicator - Percentage of adults in Wales undertaking any cycling in the past 4 weeks
Source - SCW Adult Sports Participation Survey
Baseline - 5% (2004/05)

CCW Wales Outdoor Recreation Survey (WORS)
The WORS is concerned with informal recreational walking and cycling, and therefore excludes
utilitarian walking and cycling (for example to work or school). The survey and has a sample size
of 6000 Welsh residents, based on 1000 from each of the 6 Spatial Plan areas. Results will be available
from March 2009, and will be considered as an additional source of evidence to inform the monitoring
of this Action Plan.

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